I hear some chatter on the social networks that the Cadillac SRX seems the same as the Saturn Vue. They are not the same, and I would like to explain how they differ:
1) Chassis: The new Cadillac SRX is on an evolved Theta platform, sometimes referred to as a premium Theta-Epsilon Chassis, and has a 110.5″ wheelbase. The Vue is on the original Theta chassis and has a 106″ wheelbase.
Differences: more premium components in the Cadillac, Cadillac is longer wheelbase for better ride and more interior space.
2) Powertrain: The new Cadillac SRX offers either a 3L Direct Injected DOHV VVT LF1 V6, or a 2.8L Turbo DI V6. The Vue offers a variety of engines, the 2.4L LE5 I4, 2.4L LAT I4, 3.5L LZ4 V6, 3.6L LY7 V6, or 3.6L LCS V6.
Differences: The two vehicles have different engine choices available; both of the Cadillac choices are more powerful, premium engines.
3) Exterior: Visually the Cadillac SRX and the Saturn Vue share the same configuration of any mid-size SUV, or CUV.
Differences: The Cadillac SRX clearly shows modern Cadillac styling with sharper features, and a more formal, elegant appearance.
Conclusion: The Cadillac SRX is on a different, premium chassis, offers different, more powerful engines, and looks visually different — more appealing than a Saturn Vue.
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